Marlins Trade Pools

Marlins Die-Hards is running a Marlins trade pool. Our suggestions for players to be traded prior to deadline are:

1. Dan Uggla
2. Jeremy Hermida
3. Dan Meyer
4. Wes Helms
5. Ross Gload

Why? I think Uggla and Hermida are no-brainers. In fact, the Fish should trade them regardless of whether they’re in contention. The rest are veterans who can fit nicely on a bench/bullpen of contending team. I would also throw in Kiko Calero into the mix.

You can share your thoughts of our list here or go to Marlins Die-Hards to submit your own.

Insight Into the Olsen/Hammer Deal

Mike Berardino of the Sun-Sentinel provides some thoughts and insights on the Olsen/Hammer deal:

About that payroll dump so far:

the Fish have removed roughly $7 million from their books for 2009.

On what we got in return:

In return, they have brought in a cheap young setup man (Leo Nunez), a light-hitting second baseman with Gold Glove potential (Emilio Bonifacio) and a couple of decent low-level prospects who just finished their first full pro seasons (RHP P.J. Dean and IF Jake Smolinski).

Continue reading Insight Into the Olsen/Hammer Deal

Former Cub Muses About 2003

Interesting New York Times op-ed by former Chicago Cub Doug Glanville:

With contributions coming from all sources — including the Chicago Police Department — it was obvious that we had been anointed.

The problem was, the Florida Marlins thought the same thing.

They had their own reasons for feeling that way. Their manager, stodgy, cigar-smoking Jack McKeon, had been brought in at mid-season to right a wrong ship, and as the most senior manager in the league had shown a lot of whippersnappers that he knew how to run a young team. The Marlins barreled their way to the wild card berth in the playoffs fueled by fire and brimstone.

So what happens when two forces — destined, tired and playing awfully good baseball — collide in Wrigley Field?

Local Coverage of Marlins Draftees

Here is a collection of links to articles written by various papers covering their local prospects who were chosen by the Marlins in the 2008 Draft:

A Poetic Look at the Miami entrant in the Senior Circuit

Here is what Deadspin’s Purple Prose has to say about the Fish.

For the record, here are some of the nicknames in the write up:

  • The Marlins: Miami entrant in the Senior Circuit, Spearfish, Swinging Swimmers, Briny Ballers, Santiago’s Sluggers, Pelagics
  • Marlins Fans: Ye Fans of the Fishes
  • Marlins Bullpen: Sunshine State Pen Men
  • Wayne Huizenga: Gaseous trashman
  • Jeffrey Loria: Angry art dealer
  • Dan Uggla: Owl, Swedish Surprise, Ugg-Boot
  • Scott Olsen: Shiner
  • Alfredo Amezaga: Double-A
  • Logan Kensing: French Kiss
  • Wes Helms: Daily Show
  • Jeremy Hermida: May-retta Masterstroker
  • Renyel Pinto: Lemon
  • Kevin Gregg: Mild-Mannered Reporter
  • Hanley Ramirez: The Reconstituted Rajah, Double-R, Valiant of VORP

Link:  The Briny Ballers Achieve A Left-Columner

They’re Starting to Pay Attention

The 7-game winning stream may be over but it seems like everyone suddenly likes us: